It probably took a fair amount of hard work to build the pyramids, or drain enough of the North Sea to make Holland a bit bigger than Luxembourg but neither of these activities can compare with the task performed by the KCC ground team this week……at least that’s what Abbo told me after his fifth pint of Holt’s. Whilst large parts of Leicestershire remained suitable only for growing rice (resulting in a blank weekend for both the second anfd fourth teams) the Kibworth ground whilst damp was pronounced playable.
Hard work was rewarded with a nail biting game for the first team who looked to have failed in their task of defending 141 when Sileby required just one run from the final over with two wickets in hand. Even a run out off the first ball of Dan Broughton’s over left those in a betting mood backing the visitors but four toe crushing yorkers later Sileby still needed that one run and when they attempted a scambled single off the final ball a comfortable run out saw Kibworth secure the tie.
Not quite as much entertainment on the bottom pitch as Luke Spence’s ton set up a 3rd team score that was far too much for visitors Stewarts & Lloyds. Three early Chris Hill wickets ended any threat and the rest of a chilly afternoon was spent trying to chip away at a defensive middle order. ” Do you get big crowds at your ground” was the enquiry from Dave Pounds as the ball was patted away for the hundredth time. In the end eight wickets helped earned KCC 18 points to place them second in the table.
On Sunday a small miracle occured and the sun came out!! In response Kibworth managed to top their total from the previous day with Tom Burton striking 65 as they ran up 188 against Woolaston in the Kingfisher National Cup. in response the Northamptonshire side staged a late rally but ended up 40 short of their target to send KCC through to a second round tie against either Chesham or Banbury.